Softball Splits Two Games To Open Season At Southern Utah Tourney

The No. 18 Oregon State softball squad split its first two games of the season on Saturday, dropping a 4-1 decision to BYU in the opener but rallying for a 9-1 thumping of San Diego in the afternoon game at the Thunderbird Canyon Park Classic.

The Beavers (1-1) got outstanding work at the plate on the day from juniors Clare Burnum and Brynnen Guthrie. Burnum went 5-for-7 on the day with three doubles, while Guthrie gave OSU a 4-for-7 performance that included a homerun in the win over San Diego.

One of two All-America candidates on the OSU pitching staff, junior Kristen Hunter took the loss to BYU despite pitching a solid game. Her teammates gave up three errors behind her, all in the sixth inning when the Cougars pulled away with two runs.

Crystal Draper, OSU's second All-America candidate on the mound, topped Hunter's performance in the win, going five innings and allowing one run on one hit as the eight-run rule was invoked in the sixth inning to end the game.

Despite a disappointing loss in the opener, head coach Kirk Walker was pleased with his team's pitching and its ability to regroup in the afternoon.

'Kristen Hunter threw a very good ballgame,' said Walker, who, in his eight years at OSU, has a 17-2 record against this tournament field. 'Unfortunately, we fell short on defense behind her. On offense, we were extremely tentative, it was an extremely disappointing way to open the season.

'In the second game, we came back extremely focused and aggressive at the plate, Crystal threw a great ball game. Clare had a tremendous day and really helped us offensively.

'It was really good to see them come back and play much more to their capability. Hopefully we'll come out in the morning game tomorrow the way we did tonight.'

The Beavers play two games Sunday, opening with tournament host Southern Utah at 10 a.m., and playing immediately after that against Saint Mary's.

GAME 1 RESULTS

Oregon State 100 000 0 - 1 1 3

BYU 200 002 x - 4 4 0

WP- Walton. LP- Hunter (0-1)

GAME 2 RESULTS

OSU 106 101 - 9 12 1

San Diego 000 01x - 1 1 0

WP- Draper (1-0)

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